Midnight Film Festival is an event founded by filmmakers for filmmakers.

Midnight Film Festival aims to highlight the work of indie and student filmmakers and creators from all around the globe. We wish to create events where people can come together for a night of community, networking, collaboration, and fun. We at Midnight Films know how challenging it can be to produce your own material from conception to completion, and we want to provide an opportunity for hardworking filmmakers to celebrate their achievements and the success of others.

We are excited to open up submissions for our Third Year! This season we will accept content in the following categories:

Featurettes (up to 50 minutes)
Short Narrative Films (up to 30 minutes)
Short Documentary Films (up to 30 minutes)
Short Animated Films (up to 30 minutes)
Short Dance Films (up to 15 minutes)
Webisodes and Digital Content (up to 15 minutes)
Short Student Films (up to 20 minutes)
Micro Shorts (up to 3 minutes)
Screenplays (up to 20 pages)

This season we will have multiple locations for our screenings. Our Second location will be announced closer to the start date. Please be sure to keep an eye on your e-mails and our social media pages for any and all updates.

All events will be ticketed events.

Please check us out on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/MidnightFilmsNY/
Instagram & Twitter!

Midnight Films is proud to be sponsored by Final Draft Screenwriting Software.
Midnight Films is equally proud to be partnered with Cinistream.

If you are "OFFICIALLY SELECTED" you will be screened at our festival.
Award Winners will be selected for the following categories:


3 Screenplays will be chosen to be included in our TABLE READING series where writers can have actors perform their work for a small audience and receive valuable feedback. This will give writers the opportunity to hear their work out loud, have a discussion about their work, and answer any questions the audience might have.
IT IS THE WRITER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND ACTORS FOR THEIR WORK. We will assist you in locating New York talent but, at the end of the day, it is not our responsibility. Do not submit if you think you won't be able to accomplish this task.

Winners will have the opportunity to upload their work to our digital distribution partner, Cinistream. Cinistream offers digital distribution solutions for filmmakers. Each FIRST PRIZE WINNER will receive a FREE DOWNLOAD of FINAL DRAFT'S latest Screenwriting Software.

To submit a film you must own the rights to the film.
Films submitted to us may be screened at official screenings.
Posters and/or trailers of your film may be used on our social media platforms to promote the festival and your film.
All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.
Posters are required for your film in order to promote this screening.
All copyright issues regarding the screened films reside with the films rights owners.
By submitting you agree to the terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals. We will never sell your information to 3rd parties.
All budgets accepted.
You do not have to be present to have your film screened or to receive an award. All certificates will be sent digitally and trophies are available for purchase.

Overall Rating
  • Annabel Vine

    Bravo for keeping the show on the road during the lockdown. Great Film Festival. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

    March 2021
  • Joshua Olson

    The Midnight Film Festival was very wonderful and I appreciate their hard work to make a festival possible in early 2021 with everything that is going on. The virtual Q&A was a great way to gain access to the other filmmakers. The fest was generally very laid back and accessible, and it was an honor to win Best Short! Will definitely submit here again and since I had a great virtual experience this year would definitely try to go in person (a cross-country trip) in the future!

    January 2021
  • An incredibly accommodating, accessible, and unique festival. Honored to have been awarded Best Screenplay. Look forward to seeing this festival succeed in the future.

    January 2021
  • The Midnight Film Festival was wonderful. We at ARACOURT appreciated the clear communication and the opportunity to be a part of their festival. We look forward to entering our next short film when it is ready to share.

    January 2021
  • Freia, and The Midnight Film Festival, is awesome! Loved that during the pandemic, Freia organized a well thought out and in-person film festival. Communication was on-point, and loved the selection of films. Upon my arrival to the festival, Freia greeted and introduced me to the audience as filmmaker, I felt very welcomed and special. Thank you again for the wonderful opportunity!!

    -Director, House of Yes -Finalist

    January 2021